The Targeter: My Life in the CIA, Hunting Terrorists and Challenging the White House

The Targeter: My Life in the CIA, Hunting Terrorists and Challenging the White House

The story of a young woman from Montana who joined the CIA and worked her way up through the ranks to the frontline of the fight against Islamic extremists. In 1999, 30-year-old Nada Bakos moved from her lifelong home in Montana to Washington, DC, to join the CIA. Quickly realizing her affinity for intelligence work, Nada was determined to rise through the ranks of the The story of a young woman from Montana who joined the CIA and worked her way up through the ranks to the frontline of the...

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Title:The Targeter: My Life in the CIA, Hunting Terrorists and Challenging the White House
Author:Nada Bakos
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:The Targeter: My Life in the CIA, Hunting Terrorists and Challenging the White House
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Number of Pages:368 pages pages

The Targeter: My Life in the CIA, Hunting Terrorists and Challenging the White House Reviews

  • Caitlin
    Jun 18, 2019
    A true story with the propulsion of a thriller and fascinating details of life in the CIA The true story of a rural Montana girl who took an unlikely path to the center of the U.S. war on terror. The title refers to Bakos's role chasing down one of the most dangerous extremist leade...
  • Patrick SG
    Jul 22, 2019
    A unique inside look at the intelligence apparatus of the War on Terror, specifically from the insight of a woman. I found it particularly interesting how her perspective as a woman allowed her to look at a scenario and see a different situation than that of her male colleagues. For ex...
  • Han Wang
    Jan 02, 2020
    This book is a fascinating glimpse into the world of the Intelligence Community, as author Nada Bakos recounts her experience as a CIA analyst trying to locate and hunt down Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The story is compelling, and she does a good job balancing advancing the narrative while a...
  • Lisa  Carlson
    Sep 08, 2019
    Former CIA analyst Nada Bakos with David Coburn (no detailed credit given) shares her entry into the CIA from her Montana upbringing in The Targeter; My Life in the CIA, Hunting Terrorists and Challenging the White House (pp. 354) Her role was finding Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and she's not...
  • Marianna
    Aug 05, 2019
    Interesting set of information written by former CIA operative. It reads much like a CIA brief. Horrific just to think that US invaded a country that had nothing to do with 9/11. Although I knew that it?s still shocking to read the actual background of how the government was trying t...
  • PWRL
    Jun 13, 2019
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  • Kimberly
    Aug 23, 2019
    The Targeter is a compelling narrative of events within the CIA after 9/11 from the vantage point of someone who was there. The description of what life was like in Baghdad during the Iraq war was fascinating, and it never fails to amaze me the willingness of people to make such huge s...
  • Karen
    Oct 19, 2019
    Interesting book. What if Carrie Mathison were real? She'd have had Nada Bakos' CIA career. Recommended. ...
  • chris smith
    Jul 11, 2019
    So this is a two-part review. if you're not ready to read about the brutality of what terrorists do, where they "come from" and how they operate, and the messed up reality that is the U.S. Government, why it does what it does (facts vs. reality), etc, this is NOT the book for you. Th...
  • Ben Everhart
    Oct 24, 2019
    There are some riveting, informative parts to this book, especially the search for al-Zarqawi. Unfortunately, all that is in the last 20% and it becomes a case of too-little-too-late. The structure to this book is strange, with long deviations into tangential biographical details that ...
  • Jeremy Belanger
    Nov 15, 2019
    This book was okay. It?s called The Targeter, but she does not become a Targeting Officer until page 207 of a 305 page books (not including notes or acknowledgments, but does include the epilogue).And she never really gives the audience a clear picture of what she did in that role. T...
  • Grace Ziehm
    Nov 25, 2019
    4.5 ...
  • Patty
    Jun 12, 2019
    I learned A LOT about what went on in the search for WMD in Iraq, how the Bush administration justified the invasion of Iraq, the relationship between Bin Laden and Zarqawi, how ISIS/ISIL formed. Later, perhaps, but better late than never. ALSO it's written by a WOMAN that was a target...
  • Ben Sloan
    Jul 07, 2019
    Interesting details on the workings of the CIA in the idiocy of the Iraq invasion and the bungled bullshit that followed. ...
  • Matt
    Jun 15, 2019
    I can't recommend this enough. Nada tells a personal story of service and sacrifice and fighting for facts while standing up against political agendas. Importantly, she shows the human story of those that are serving in our Intelligence Community who are our neighbors and our friends.....
  • Kevin Petit
    Sep 16, 2019
    had the potential to be serious piece, but kind of a fluff piece instead. There are a few clever broad organizational questions and interesting corroborative detail, for example re: hunt for Zarqawi, or HR person becomes interrogator in early OIF; but it's wrapped in a self-centric nar...
  • Glen
    Jun 03, 2019
    I won this book in a goodreads drawing. A former CIA agent writes about her life in The Company. It's a lot different than in the espionage novels. Nobody seems to know what they're doing, and there's an awful lot of politicians and bureaucrats involved. She and the agency try to fi...
  • Al
    Aug 12, 2019
    There is so much to like in this book but overall it does not come together in a satisfactory way. The story is riveting when Bakos talks about her individual experiences but the overall narrative can be long winded. Still, there is so much that can be gleaned from what she does have t...
  • Ayushman
    Jun 11, 2019
    The Targeter offers an interesting perspective into the organisational culture of the CIA. Nada Bakos' description of feeling powerless despite working in the Agency was notable. The book attempts to provide serious introspection into the activities of the Agency in the build-up to and...
  • Jeffrey Edwards
    Jun 28, 2019
    A good review of her work within the CIA, both domestically, and in the field in Iraq. Just enough insight into her background, work and views on The Agency and The Bush Administration to give the reader a good overall view of the workings of a so-called "Targeter." A very readable/lis...
  • Alan Hardwick
    Oct 10, 2019
    Simply outstanding. Nada Bakos brings a very human touch to an environment so few ever get to experience in real life. This glimpse into the world of counterterrorism is a very poignant and accurate accounting of how the work itself impacts the workers, those rare and few souls who car...
  • Mark
    Jul 07, 2019
    A fascinating memoir of the times referenced in this book. There are times when the text seems rushed/sketchy/jagged. My suspicion is that this is due to the CIA vetting process which occurred over a few years. Initially i ordered this book in October 2016. It was not until this summer...
  • Butch
    Jul 26, 2019
    Ok. It was ok through the killing of Zawquari. Then it sort of turned into a look at me and political platform ...
  • Chester Marx
    Jun 20, 2019
    Interesting first hand account of CIA work. Most of the political drama I had read about, but it's good to be reminded of skulduggery that goes on. Good read & timely in view of the mess in the Middle east. ...
  • E
    Nov 18, 2019
    This was good, entertaining in parts and horrific in others. I wish it came with a cast of characters just because keeping straight who was who in Zarqawi's network and what their expertise was, was at times difficult. I enjoyed the slices of reality/home life Nada threw in, it wasn't ...
  • Steve Stred
    Jun 10, 2019
    I?m a big fan of alternative history or exploring ?other? options of how things might have played out. This will sound like I?m a big proponent of conspiracy theories, but I know we, as the public, are not always privileged to know all of the details of what happens. We are tol...
  • Casey
    Aug 09, 2019
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  • Marty
    Jul 25, 2019
    The Targeter delves into the analysts role at the CIA and provides meaningful and interesting perspective from a critical component in the battle against terrorism in today?s world. This is a great compliment to gaining even greater insights to the processes to understanding how in t...
  • Kelsey
    Sep 10, 2019
    Really fascinating behind the scenes account of life as a CIA analyst. Well written ...
  • Rb Andry
    May 31, 2019
    The Targeter is a fascinating, entertaining first person behind the scenes account of a CIA?s analysts attempts to counter the White House?s misguided motivations to invade Iraq and her subsequent role hunting Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the forefather of ISIS. The Targeter seems espe...